April 21, 1989 |
The state ombudsman for the elderly yesterday announced that he would greatly limit his review of decisions to halt life support of nursing home patients. The announcement by Hector Rodriguez, ombudsman for the institutionalized elderly, reversed his earlier stance that had been sharply criticized by doctors, nurses, lawyers and nursing home administrators. He had declared in August that he would review all decisions to stop life support of elderly patients because of the "potential abuse" such cases may present.
June 30, 1986 |
Not everyone who smokes cigarettes for 40 years gets lung cancer. Why not? Of all the people who take a specific prescription drug, only a few may suffer adverse reactions. How come? A few of the American soldiers serving in Asia during World War II and in Korea became seriously ill when given standard anti-malaria drugs. Why? It's long been known that individuals may respond differently to drugs, chemical pollutants and other environmental substances. What's new is the increasing ability of scientists to link these reactions to variations in individual, inherited genes.